Daughter of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius has died

Daughter of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius has died

On 7 September 2014, Ati Gropius Johansen died near Boston, at the age of 88. The daughter of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, she emigrated to the USA together with her parents in 1937. Educated in the Bauhaus tradition at Black Mountain College and at the New Bauhaus in Chicago, she became a successful illustrator and was constantly committed to preserving the legacy of the Bauhaus. Her support for the Bauhaus-Archiv, co-founded by Walter Gropius in 1960, continued to the end of her life. She taught the Bauhaus preliminary course, based on Josef Albers’s course, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at the Walter Gropius School in Erfurt and elsewhere."

Ati Gropius Johansen in May 2013
Photo: Annemarie Jaeggi 
Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Ati Gropius Johansen in May 2013
Photo: Annemarie Jaeggi
Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Ise Gropius, Photo (?), Murnau 1932: Portrait of Ati on a balcony (Ise Gropius' niece/later adopted daughter), 1932
modern print 1994
Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

"We are saddened by the death of Ati Gropius Johansen. The Bauhaus-Archiv has lost a major supporter, who enriched our work to an extraordinary extent," said Dr. Annemarie Jaeggi, Director of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, on Monday. "I am extremely grateful that Ati showed such generous and active commitment to our institution and became a close friend for us. We shall miss her."

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